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E-Business in the Illinois Judiciary - Appellate Court


Second District Appellate Court - Elgin, Illinois

The Second District Appellate Court has been authorized and is currently operating an electronic transfer of record on appeal pilot that allows the record on appeal for cases originating in 13 counties, Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, DuPage, Jo Daviess, Kane, Kendall, Lake, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, and Winnebago, to be transferred electronically to the Second District Appellate Court. Attorneys, parties and the Appellate justices can electronically view, access and work from a mirror copy of the official record on appeal.

 

 

Third District Appellate Court - Ottawa, Illinois

The Third District Appellate Court has been authorized and is currently operating an electronic transfer of record on appeal pilot that allows the record on appeal for cases originating in 2 counties, Rock Island and Wil, to be transferred electronically to the Third District Appellate Court. Attorneys, parties and the Appellate justices can electronically view, access and work from a mirror copy of the official record on appeal.

 

 

Fourth District Appellate Court - Springfield, Illinois

The Fourth District Appellate Court has been authorized and is currently operating an electronic transfer of record on appeal pilot that allows the record on appeal for cases originating in 3 counties, Adams, Logan, and Moultrie, to be transferred electronically to the Fourth District Appellate Court. Attorneys, parties, and the Appellate justices can electronically view, access, and work from a mirror copy of the official record on appeal.

 

 

Fifth District Appellate Court - Mt. Vernon, Illinois

The Fifth District Appellate Court has been authorized and is currently operating an electronic transfer of record on appeal pilot that allows the record on appeal for cases originating in 1 county, Clinton, to be transferred eletronically to the Fifth District Appellate Court. Attorneys, parties, and the Appellate justices can electronically view, access, and work from a mirror copy of the official record on appeal.

 

 

What are the Electronic Transfer of Record on Appeal pilots?

The Appellate Court Electronic Transfer of Record on Appeal pilots are part of an initiative announced in June 2011 by Chief Justice Thomas L. Kilbride and the Court to move Illinois courts forward in the electronic age. The iniative started with the formation of a special Supreme Court committee to propose new ways of doing court business to achieve efficiency and economy in the court system. The pilots will allow the Appellate justices, attorneys, and parties to have simultaneous access to the record on appeal in the Appellate Court and will provide economy and improve efficiency in appeals. Once fully implemented, the pilots will cut down on the immense costs of transporting and storing voluminous court records.

Currently, once a notice of appeal is filed in the Appellate Court, the official record of the case is created and physically transported to the attorney of record on one side of the case. When that attorney concludes the filing of the necessary motions and brief, the record is then physically transported to the attorney on the other side of the case. If additional briefs are required, the record is transported back and forth between the attorneys.

After the case is argued in the Appellate Court, the record resides with the Appellate justice assigned to write the opinion. The two other justices on the panel hearing the case may request the record as well, but it must be physically transported from the justice in possession to the justice who requests possession.

The pilot projects make the physical transfer of the record unnecessary, and removes the cost of repeatedly transporting the record back and forth from the Appellate District clerk's office. The pilots provide a stream of efficiency in preparing and working on appeals that benefit not only the lawyers and the court, but the clients being served and taxpayers who fund the courts.

Under the pilot projects, the official paper court record, pursuant to Supreme Court rules, will remain with the Appellate Clerk and be accessible from the Clerk, but a mirror record will be produced electronically with identical pagination. Attorneys who file appearances in the case will receive a password providing access to the record, as well as all the justices in the Appellate Districts operating the pilots and the parties to the appeal.

The parties, attorneys for a party, approved court personnel and justices of the Appellate Districts will have the ability to search, bookmark and make notes on their individual copies of the electronic record. Any markings or notations made by a user on the electronic record are secure and are unique to that user's copy. No user will be able to view or access another user's copy. The Appellate District Clerk will retain an unmodified copy of the electronic record at all times.

The electronic record will be in a format that supports searchable text, both word and phrase. Once a mandate issues in an appellate case from the counties operating under these pilots, access to the electronic record will be terminated.